Posted Monday, June 3, 2002 4:38 AM | Contributed by CoasterFanMatt
Read more from the Orange County Register.
What the restraints do is ensure a size restriction on the ride. This is a good thing becuase the decision to retrofit the ride was prompted by the death of an obese man who was ejected and killed while improperly restrainted on this rather extreme water ride. Unforutnately for those who can fit in the restraints the four point harnesses are completely uncessary. Does anybody follow this logic?
So what we have mandated here is a size restriction by default not good common sense. Thanky you liberals. You're making my life so much more pleasurable by taking all the danger out of it. Very soon I won't have anything to fear and what a wonderful day that will be. Whoo hoo.
You know... I am the last person in the world to defend "liberals" (or "leftists" or "socialists" as I like to call them)...
This is NOT a political argument. Fact of the matter is, a person was ejected and killed on this ride. "Fear" and "anxiety" on a ride is one thing... fear of death and rides that eject riders are another. We can assume that the rider (regardless of size) fit into the restraints to the specifications of the manufacturer and to the satisfaction of the ride ops, but was ejected anyway. So either one of two things were in play 1) the ride ops let a rider go with a restraint that was not properly in use (in other words, the park is at fault), or 2) the restraints that allowed this rider to be properly restrained by the specs still let the rider be ejected (in other words, the restraints were not adequate).
Bottom line... the former restraints were not adequate... therefore you now have new and more secure restraints.
"I wasn't always this cynical, but then I started kindergarden..."
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"President Sandor Kernacs said that the modifications were not recommended by the design firm and that if those harnesses are installed, it could only increase chance of injury to future riders."
Maybe it will take a death to finally convince politicians to not interfere with things that are fine the way they are.
Political debate is fine, labels are for people who wish to neatly categorize that which they don't understand or like.
People think I'm a flaming "liberal" because, in the minds of many people, anyone "centric" is just as "bad."
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"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"
When you have politicians making amusement park rides an opportunity to grandstand, its kind of hard not to turn it into a political discussion.
In the case of California, I think they required too much in the way of restraint on P. Plunge. I would tend to agree with Intamin, but that does not let the state expand its power a little more. And to the state, that's what it's all about!
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